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The Times

LSO needs a new hall to lure Rattle

The London Symphony Orchestra’s illustrious conductor’s podium looks set to welcome a homecoming star in Sir Simon Rattle, although he may have a condition — a new concert hall.

ENO battles another backstage civil war

Our chief cultural writer on what to make of chairman Martyn Rose’s resignation and the leaked letter accusing his colleagues of mishandling the budget

The Strad

Boris Goldstein Violin Competition names second-round candidates

Fourteen violinists have made it through to the second round of the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern.

Classical Music Magazine

Parting shot from ENO chairman declares John Berry ‘the problem not the solution’

The outgoing chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, has called ENO’s direction under artistic director John Berry ‘wholly unsustainable’ in a letter sent to Sir Vernon Ellis, ENO’s president.

BBC Music Magazine

Download the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1

The original manuscript for JS Bach’s Six Cello Suites is lost, making it difficult to know exactly when they were written.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Botschaft der Geigen

Auf manchen von Amnon Weinsteins wurde in den Orchestern der Konzentrationslager gespielt.

pizzicato

Berufschoristen verärgert über Pariser Philharmonie

Weil die Pariser Philharmonie den Chor ihres residierenden ‘Orchestre de Paris’ als residierenden Chor auserwählt hat, protestieren die Pariser Berufschoristen, die sich in dem Kollektiv ‘Colère lyrique’ zusammen geschlossen haben, um ihrem Ärger besser Ausdruck zu verleihen.

Park schlägt zurück: Chung in Bedrängnis

Im Kampf zwischen dem Dirigenten Myung-Whun Chung und der am 29. Dezember zurückgetretenen Orchesterdirektorin des ‘Seoul Philharmonic’, Hyun-jung Park, war diese zwar offiziell unterlegen, aber sie hat mittlerweile ein Lauffeuer gegen den von ihr gehassten Chefdirigenten angefangen.

Klassik.com

Lösung in Streit um Kopien an Musikschulen

VG Musikedition schließt Vertrag mit dem Verband deutscher Musikschulen

The New York Times

Met Opera Cancels Premiere; Broadway Shows Canceled

The snowstorm forced the Metropolitan Opera to cancel one of the highlights of its season: Monday night’s planned premiere of a new production of a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” starring Anna Netrebko, and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.”

Tweets

Springfield School ‏@SpfldUK : Are you a budding composer? @soundandmusic are offering a summer school opportunity from 2-8 August 2015 – http://soundandmusic.org/summerschool 

The Mozart Project ‏@themozartproj : Born today in 1756, here’s Mozart birth certificate showing his extremely long full name. Happy 259th Wolfgang!!

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse :We’re now on sale for Spring Season! Let us know if you need any help ^E http://bit.ly/1GXtI0y 

ENO News 27th Jan The English National Opera. Photo: Donald Cooper/Photostage

 

(Written on January 27, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

UK’s orchestras to get tax relief

The measure, aimed to encourage performances across the UK, brings British orchestras in line with theatre and film industries

Telegraph

The tragedy of Europe’s great forgotten female composer

Vítězslava Kaprálová was on the cusp of greatness when she died of tuberculosis. On the centenary of her birth, John Allison uncovers a tragic love triangle in Vichy France

Independent

ENO’s outgoing chairman Martyn Rose demands artistic director John Berry be sacked

The chairman’s animosity towards Mr Berry was revealed in a private letter sent to the ENO’s president Sir Vernon Ellis

The Times

Michael Morpurgo: ‘Bring children who wriggle and scream’

When the violinist Kyung-Wha Chung interrupted her comeback concert at the Festival Hall last December to suggest to the parents of a coughing child that maybe they “bring her back when she’s older”, reactions ranged from sympathetic to outraged.

BBC Music Magazine

Mozart’s birthday to be celebrated with first ever worldwide virtual recital

Pianists of all ages and abilities invited to join in online

Die Welt

“Da ist Bratsche einfach gnädiger als Klavier”

Die Bratsche war lange ein belächeltes Instrument. Tabea Zimmermann hat es zu Weltruhm mit ihr gebracht. Ein Gespräch in der Trattoria – über eine nicht einfache Kindheit und den späten Beethoven.

KulturPort.De

WDR 3 Jazzfest mit 14 Konzerten und WDR Jazzpreis-Verleihung am Freitag

Mit insgesamt 14 Jazz-Konzerten inklusive der Verleihung der WDR Jazzpreise macht das WDR 3 Jazzfest von Mittwoch, 28. Januar bis Samstag, 31. Januar 2015 Station in Dortmund.

Klassik.com

Neuer Intendant nach Skandal am Palau de les Arts Valencia

Trotz Korruptionsvorwürfen erhält Schmidt Abfindung für zehnjährige Intendanz

Gewerkschaft will Scala-Vorstellung zur Expo-Eröffnung boykottieren

Traditioneller Feiertag wichtiger als Weltausstellung

pizzicato

Flash Mob Generates Audience in Poland

There are many of the so called flash mobs on various Internet platforms, and seldom we learned about any positive result.

El Mundo

Doña Helga S.A.

La polémica gestión en el Palau de Les Arts

Twitter

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Facing the music: Iestyn Davies http://gu.com/p/4537g

Classicalite @Classicalite: ‘Eyes Wide Open’ at Café Carlyle, Avant Music Festival + More! – http://eepurl.com/bcpPKf

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Mindestlohn: Heinrich-Schütz-Haus in finanziellen Nöten http://klassik.com/?Tu5OY  #Musikwissenschaft #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpoliti

Helga Schmidt Photo via El Mundo

Helga Schmidt
Photo via El Mundo

(Written on January 26, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Harry Brunjes to replace Martyn Rose as ENO chairman

Brunjes will remain in the role until a permanent replacement can be found

BBC Music Magazine

Join us at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015!

Buy tickets to our ceremony at Kings Place, London

The Strad

German orchestras focused on music education, finds survey

According to the latest survey compiled by the German Orchestra Association, the 2013–14 orchestral season encompassed 4,160 concerts for children and young people – 94 per cent more than in the same period ten years ago.

British violinist Fenella Barton on overcoming rheumatoid arthritis

Conquering pain taught the solo and chamber musician to play as if every performance was her last

Gramophone

The tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died

The Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died; he was 85

Classic FM

Are these the ten best string players ever?

Some of history’s legendary violinists, cellists and viola players make up our top 10. Do you agree? Have your say – and vote for your favourite

Zeit Online

“Pophörer sind nicht dumm oder falsch erzogen”

Wie wird ein Song zum Hit? Der Musikwissenschaftler Volkmar Kramarz beschäftigt sich seit Jahrzehnten mit dieser Frage. Jetzt hat er das Erfolgsrezept gefunden.

pizzicato

‘Ulster Orchestra’ aus dem Schlimmsten raus

Das Parlament Nordirlands hat jetzt ausreichend Geld in Aussicht gestellt, um das nahezu bankrotte ‘Ulster Orchestra’ zu retten.

Houston Grand Opera Raises $172.9 Million

Houston Grand Opera got a tremendous response to their performance campaign.

Klassik.com

Russischer Komponist droht Regensburger Theater mit Klage

Lubchenko im Streit mit Regisseur Purcarete über Uraufführung von Doktor Schiwago

El Mundo

Unidad Editorial apoya a la Fundación Albéniz

El grupo editor de EL MUNDO patrocinará la cátedra de contrabajo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.

Twitter

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre : #Wagner’s #Ringcycle at Royal Festival Hall – 100 musicians Over 18 hours of music with film projections on giant screens  #Classical1516

The Royal Ballet ‏@TheRoyalBallet : Choreographer George Balanchine was born #onthisday in 1904. Brilliant ‘Balanchineisms’: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/i-am-a-cloud-in-trousers-the-sayings-of-george-balanchine … ^C

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms : The 2015 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition was launched on @BBCRadio3 Breakfast. http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms  #Inspire

 

Barton News 22nd Jan

Fenella Barton. Photo: The Strad

(Written on January 22, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

A very brief guide to the world’s first ‘mindfulness opera’

Lost in Thought aims to ‘stretch the boundaries of what opera can be’, which seemingly includes ‘a yoga session’

Classical Music Magazine

Martyn Rose to step down from funding-hit ENO

The chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, is expected to step down at a board meeting held today, reportedly because he believes that a full-time commitment is required to guide the organisation through its £5m drop in Arts Council England funding.

Classical Source

Alexander Shelley appointed as Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Alexander Shelley, “a conductor of superlative gifts”, as its new Principal Associate Conductor.

Sinfini

New piano unveiled in Budapest

A Hungarian pianist has unveiled a futuristic new piano of his own invention inspired by Liszt

International Arts Manager

BBC to feature Sir Simon Rattle at 60

BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 are set to mark the 60th birthday celebrations of famed conductor Sir Simon Rattle with a special series of programmes during January and February 2015.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ohne wär’s nur Provinz

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern spart seine Theater kaputt. Am Donnerstag will eine Demo in Neustrelitz die Politik aufrütteln.

Die Welt

Der Turbopianist und sein Nahkampfspray

Zu Turnschuhen, Füllern und Playstations hat der umjubelte Pianist Lang Lang schon “inspiriert”, jetzt war es Zeit für ein Parfum.

concerti

Wo der Meister einst durch die heiligen Hallen tobte

Der Zauber des Bachfests Leipzig liegt in der Einbeziehung der ganzen Stadt

pizzicato

Deutsche Orchester engagieren sich immer mehr für Kinder und Jugendliche

Zwei Prozent weniger Veranstaltungen insgesamt und eine zunehmende Zahl an Musikvermittlungskonzerten: Das sind die Eckwerte der Konzertstatistik, welche die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) heute vorgestellt hat.

The Washington Post

Ward Swingle, musician who made Bach swing, dies at 87

Ward Swingle, who formed a singing group that reimagined Bach and Mozart with driving jazz rhythms and playfully scatlike vocals — and that put centuries-old classical masterworks on the pop charts alongside the Beatles — died Jan. 19 in Eastbourne, England.

Twitter

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: Our @listenexp project with @OpenUniversity & @ahrcpress aims to build a database of personal listening experiences: http://bit.ly/1J79JtQ 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK: Great to see physical music sales on the up, with HMV leading the way: http://bit.ly/1wlXZL7 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: In need of a boost? These are the happiest pieces of classical music. Fact. http://classfm.co/6isdBT 

 

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The ‘Bogányi’ piano. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on January 21, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

ENO strongly represented on new International Opera awards shortlist

The only UK company on the shortlist for opera company of the year, elsewhere nominees include US mezzo Joyce DiDonato and designer Es Devlin

Michael Kennedy obituary

Journalist, music critic and authority on the works of Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss and Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Telegraph

Philharmonie de Paris: in pictures

La Philharmonie de Paris, a state-of-the-art concert hall designed by visionary architect Jean Nouvel, is the latest architectural jewel to be unveiled in the French capital.

The Times

Musycke to twekerth to

Tudor Tunes

BBC Music Magazine

BBC declares 2015 The Year of Song and Dance

Series of special BBC programmes to be dedicated to classical singing and ballet

Pizzicato

Erfolg für Wiener Staatsoper beim Livestream

Die Wiener Staatsoper meldet Erfolg bei ihrem seit Oktober 2013 laufenden Livestreaming-Programm.

Das Orchester

Jordi Savall weist spanischen Nationalpreis zurück

Der spanische Musiker Jordi Savall hat in einem Schreiben den Kulturminister seines Landes wissen lassen, dass er den ihm zugesprochenen Nationalpreis für Musik nicht annehme.

Klassik.com

Deutsche Theaterintendanten warnen vor Selbstzensur

Nach dem Anschlag auf das französische Satiremagazin “Charlie Hebdo” durch islamistische Attentäter hat die Intendantengruppe des Deutschen Bühnenvereins vor Selbstzensur gewarnt.

Codex Flores

Nouvel boykottiert Pariser Philharmonie-Eröffnung

Für den Architekten Jean Nouvel ist die gegenwärtige Eröffnung der Philharmonie de Paris verfrüht, vermurkst und – sinngemäss – stillos.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic to Collaborate on Operas

For years, the Metropolitan Opera has gently encroached on the symphonic terrain of its Lincoln Center neighbors with orchestral concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Tweets

Guardian culture ‏@guardianculture : Why can’t festivals just announce their lineups any more?: http://gu.com/p/44pe2 

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : Pinchas Zukerman’s @CanadasNAC #violin+#viola masterclass recorded in our Britten Theatre on 28 Oct is now on YouTube http://bit.ly/1y0ZhAx 

Guildhall School @guildhallschool : Interview with leading opera singer and alumna, Anne Sofie von Otter http://bit.ly/1DFFKcg 

Philharmonie de Paris The New Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: Yves Chanoit 

 

(Written on January 15, 2015 )

Classical News

WildKat PR

The Berkeley Ensemble’s New Cobbett Prize for Composition 2014 has a winner!

The Berkeley Ensemble and the panel of judges for the New Cobbett Prize for Composition are delighted to announce Samuel Wesley Lewis’s Sequenza as the winner of the 2014 award

The Guardian

Alan Rusbridger to stand down as Guardian editor-in-chief

After 20 years at the paper Rusbridger will leave next summer and replaces Liz Forgan as chair of the Scott Trust in 2016

10 of the strangest: Messiahs

As Christmas approaches, let’s focus on Handel’s famous oratorio and some of the weirder approaches to the Hallelujah Chorus. If you like your Handel with added psychedelic trance, LED lights and electric guitars, you’re in the right place

The Independent

ENO blames Arts Council cuts after production of Orfeo is cancelled

Funding is set to fall by nearly £5m next year

Classical Music Magazine

Patrick Lemanski to move to Warner Classics in January

Patrick Lemanski, the managing director of Harmonia Mundi UK, is to take the same post at Warner Classics UK in January. That surprise announcement came from Alain Lanceron, president of Warner Classics, at a pre-Christmas reception in London.

International Arts Manager

Welsh choir wins UK Choir of the Year Competition

The UK’s leading amateur choral contest concluded at an event hosted by choirmaster Gareth Malone (pictured) at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

Klassik.com

Mailänder Sinfonieorchester wartet auf Subventionen aus Rom

Orchester fordert schnelle Überweisung von 3 Millionen Euro

Musik Heute

Bechstein Stiftung gibt 50. Klavier an Schule

Die Carl Bechstein Stiftung hat zum 50. Mal einer Schule ein Klavier kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt.

Pizzicato

Chung droht mit Rücktritt beim ‘Seoul Philharmonic’

Der Dirigent Myung-Whun Chung hat, koreanischen Presseberichten zufolge, dem Bürgermeister von Seoul ein Ultimatum gesetzt: entweder die Direktorin des ‘Seoul Philharmonic’, Park Hyun-jung, wird entlassen, oder aber er wird als Chefdirigent zurücktreten.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Receives $20 million Donation

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that David C. Bohnett, Chairman of the David Bohnett Foundation, has pledged a $20 million gift to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Público.es

El tenor Juan Diego Flórez canta a la paz bajo la cúpula de Barceló

El peruano cantará este miércoles en Ginebra en el primer “Concierto por la Paz”, coincidiendo con el Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos.

Twitter

BBC Front Row ‏@BBCFrontRow: We discuss how the Xmas truce in the WW1 trenches has been portrayed on film, music videos and now the @TheRSC: http://bbc.in/1um8LB6 

Britten Sinfonia ‏@BrittenSinfonia:Journeys in 20th century American music – Sarah Connolly @spconnolly joins us in Jan 2015 – read the press release http://www.brittensinfonia.com/news/article/jacqueline-shave-in-recital-cancelled …

 

ENO Arts Council News Pic

The ENO’s Orfeo was due to be staged at the Bristol Old Vic. Photo found at The Independent

 

(Written on December 11, 2014 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Watch: the world’s fastest-playing pianist

Ukrainian Lubomyr Melnyk claims that he plays 19.5 piano notes on each hand every second

Classic FM

How I wrote… Pas de Deux – James Horner

The ‘Titanic’ takes us through his first foray into concert music for 30 years – and the first major double concerto for violin and cello since Brahms.

The Strad

42nd International Viola Congress to take place in Portugal this month

150 international violists will travel to Porto to perform on and discuss the instrument

Classical Music Magazine

The Orfeo cancellation: why ENO pulled the plug

For John Berry, ENO’s artistic director, it was a bitter pill to swallow when he realised he would have to abandon the L’Orfeo project.

Classical Source

National Choir of the Year Competition 2014: The UK’s most prestigious choral competition heads to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with Gareth Malone

Join the search for Choir of the Year 2014

Gramophone

Royal Northern Sinfonia appoint Julian Rachlin as Principal Guest Conductor

The violinist and conductor will join Principal Conductor Lars Vogt at the Sinfonia

Musik Heute

Studien: 14 Millionen Deutsche musizieren in der Freizeit

Mindestens 14 Millionen Menschen in Deutschland musizieren in ihrer Freizeit oder singen im Chor.

Landesmusikakademie NRW veröffentlicht Jahresprogramm 2015

Die Landesmusikakademie NRW veranstaltet im kommenden Jahr 88 Kurse und Lehrgänge.

Klassik.com

Nicht-EU-Musiker ohne Festanstellung müssen Basel verlassen

Nachdem bekannt wurde, dass Arbeitsbewilligungen für Musiker aus Nicht-EU-Ländern durch einen Mitarbeiter des Amts für Wirtschaft und Arbeit (AWA) in der Vergangenheit entgegen der geltenden Gesetzgebung erteilt worden waren, treibt der Kanton Basel-Stadt nun die Ausweisung der Musiker voran.

The New York Times

Met Asks Stars to Share Fiscal Pain

The Metropolitan Opera, whose financial struggles led it to cut the pay of its orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other workers last summer after a labor battle, said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.

Le Parisien

Musique en streaming: YouTube met la pression sur Spotify

La plateforme de vidéo en ligne YouTube a lancé mercredi un nouveau service payant de musique en ligne avec lequel il s’affirme comme un rival des plateformes de streaming comme Spotify, dont l’essor continue de susciter des tensions avec l’industrie musicale.

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Begin your Friday with 15 incredible classical music facts: http://classfm.co/nKCrGO 

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag: Happy birthday #Aaron Copland, the ‘first indisputably great American composer’. What’s your favourite Copland work?http://bit.ly/1u958R0

ABRSM ‏@ABRSM: Congratulations to @musicforyouth on a wonderful Schools Prom! Three fantastic concerts with some of the UK’s most talented young musicians.

james-horner-conducting-1373550049-article-0James Horner. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on November 14, 2014 )

Classical News

Guardian

Venezuela’s El Sistema music scheme is ‘model of tyranny’, UK academic says

Supporters rush to defend ‘beacon of social justice’ as study shows project fails to reach disadvantaged youth

Independent

ENO blames Arts Council cuts after production of Orfeo is cancelled

The English National Opera has been forced to cancel a forthcoming production “for the first time in recent memory” as a direct result of severe cuts to its funding earlier this year.

Classical Music Magazine

Dickon Stainer appointed to lead Universal’s classical activities

Dickon Stainer has been appointed president and chief executive of global classics at Universal Music Group, with overall responsibility for all of UMG’s classical output including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and Sinfini Music.

The Strad

Six winning 2014 Young Concert Artists announced, including four string players

The New York organisation will promote the winning musicians with concerts and management

Sinfini Music

Kyung Wha Chung

The celebrated violinist Kyung Wha Chung has announced her London comeback in December after an absence of nearly 20 years.

Die Welt

Marek Janowski dirigiert Frank Castorfs “Ring”

Er wollte nie wieder etwas mit der Bühne zu tun haben. Doch Bayreuths mythischer Orchesterabgrund hat ihn schwach gemacht.

Wenn ein Muslim am Broadway austickt

Eine New Yorker Dinnerparty wird zur griechischen Tragödie: Für sein Vier-Personen-Stück “Disgraced” erhielt Ayad Akhtar im vergangenen Jahr den Pulitzerpreis.

Klassik.com

Debatte um Stuttgarter Konzerthaus nimmt Fahrt auf

CDU-Fraktion regt Initiative zum Bau eines Hauses mit 4.000 bis 5.000 Plätzen an

Evelyn Herlitzius erhält Faust-Theaterpreis als beste Sängerin

Die Sopranistin Evelyn Herlitzius hat den Theaterpreis “Der Faust” als beste Sängerdarstellerin erhalten.

Classicalite

EXCLUSIVE: Director Gerard McBurney on “A Pierre Dream,” the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Multimedia Portrait of Pierre Boulez

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the life and work of Pierre Boulez, the esteemed composer and conductor who will turn 90 in March, with a brand-new Beyond the Score production of “A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez,” on November 14 and 16 at Symphony Center.

I Care If You Listen

How To Take Charge Of Your Finances As A Musician (Part I)

Kudos for choosing to make a life from your passion!

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Superstar tenor @AlfieBoe shares some advice for singers: http://classfm.co/w1jQ6n

EnglishNationalOpera ‏@E_N_O: ICYMI earlier this week, ENO Director-in-Residence Peter Sellars talks about his spiritual side: http://ow.ly/E6ojC  #ENOGospel

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd: “New works, new instruments”: @colincurrieperc tells the story of his #MetalWoodSkin festival in the @GdnClassical http://ow.ly/E9EwH

YCA11Six winning 2014 Young Concert Artists announced. Photo: Brian D. Bumby

(Written on November 12, 2014 )

Classical News

The New York Times
Metropolitan Opera Clears Last Hurdle in Labor Talks
The Metropolitan Opera and the union representing its stage hands reached a contract deal early Wednesday morning.

The Guardian
Peter Maxwell Davies at 80: ‘The music knows things that I don’t’

Last year Peter Maxwell Davies was given six weeks to live. Despite ‘absolutely revolting’ chemotherapy and a blood clot that almost killed him, he went on to complete his 10th Symphony, and now he’s about to celebrate his 80th birthday

The Telegraph
The fear of performance that can lead us to ecstasy

Most of us need this form of nervous excitement, this whiff of danger, to be at our best

Daniel Barenboim: My orchestra is a political laboratory

As Daniel Barenboim brings his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to the Proms, he talks about the problems of the Middle East

The Times

If you want a bargain, avoid shops piping classical music

Having classical music on in the background turns people into less savvy shoppers, a study found, while pop makes us sharper at finding a bargain.

Kulturport.de
Festivalleitung zieht positive Bilanz nach außergewöhnlicher Ausgabe von Young Euro Classic 2014
Ein außergewöhnlicher Jahrgang des Festivals Young Euro Classic ist am Sonntag (17. August) in Berlin mit großem Erfolg zu Ende gegangen.

Classicalite.com
Italian Soprano, Puccini Star Licia Albanese Dies Aged 105
Licia Albanese, one of the great Italian sopranos of the 20th century, has died.

Symphony Space Announces New Artistic Director, Fulbright Scholar and Carnegie Hall Exec Andrew Byrne
The latest from Symphony Space comes to us via DotDotDotMusic, who is pleased to announce that Andrew Byrne will be hopping on as the new Artistic Director on September 15.

Twitter:

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Is the symphony orchestra doomed, or alive and well? – there have been robust comments from both sides: http://classfm.co/20oHm1

English National Opera: @E_N_O  How do you reinvent familiar repertoire? Conductor @TimMurray5 explains all: http://ow.ly/Awj7L

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why horn players are terrified of Richard Strauss http://fw.to/ijtOBxH

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic  Great balance between hi-tech and art:@sfballet principal Maria Kochetkova (@balletrusse) on Ballet meeting Robotics: http://vimeo.com/96030980

Photo : Logan K. Young

Photo : Logan K. Young

(Written on August 20, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

English National Opera to branch out into musical theatre

English National Opera ENO has announced it will be opening its doors to the world of musical theatre as part of company plans to create a ‘sustainable future’

Classic FM 

Colorado Symphony Orchestra announce ‘bring your own cannabis’ concerts

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will be appearing at a new series of concerts entitled ‘Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series’, where attendees are encouraged to bring their own marijuana.

Ed Balls on passing Grade 3 piano: “It’s pretty stressful”

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has revealed what it was like to pass his Grade 3 piano exam last week, describing the experience as “stressful”.

Guardian

Opera North announce first Poppea and departure of music director Farnes

Opera company reveals plans for new Mozart, Verdi and Monteverdi, while Richard Farnes’s tenure is to culminate in summer 2016 with a series of complete Ring cycles in concert stagings

What has science got in common with opera? Oil

As a new graphic from Platform London demonstrates, oil money flows through science in culture. Alice Bell asks if we should be concerned.

El Pais

Opera singer Montserrat Caballé under scrutiny for tax evasion

Spain’s most famous soprano allegedly failed to pay €500,000 in income tax in 2010.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

Britten in Lyon: Wie uns die Oper in den Wahnsinn treiben kann

Mit drei Musikthrillern von Benjamin Britten verführt Serge Dorny das Publikum in Lyon. Das Oper-für-alle-Konzept macht Paris zur Musikprovinz.

Die Welt

Montserrat Caballé hat 500.000 Euro Steuerschulden

In Spanien ist der 81-jährige Opernstar Montserrat Caballé eine Institution. Ihren Wohnsitz hat sie aber im Steuerparadies Andorra. Da war sie zu selten. Ihre Steuerschuld: einer halbe Million Euro.

Concerti

Cellist in progress

Es gibt kaum ein Thema, über das man mit Daniel Müller-Schott nicht reden kann. Hier spricht er über …

KlassikAkzente

Ungebrochener Elan – Karl Jenkins hat für “Motetten” seine schönsten Werke umarrangiert

Karl Jenkins hat anlässlich seines 70. Geburtstags seine schönsten Werke für den Chor Polyphony umarrangiert. Sein neues Album “Motetten” ist von erhabener und zeitloser Schönheit.

Classicalite

Classical Music in Mad Men

AMC’s Mad Men’ is More Than Just Brilliant Television, Chopin and Beethoven Are Important Musical Devices for the Show’s Demographic

Classical Music on Twitter

Royal Philharmonic @rpoonline #Classical season 2014/15 @southbankcentre: Pinchas Zukerman conducts Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony on Mon 27 Oct http://www.rpo.co.uk/event.php?pid=1597

Making Music UK@MakingMusic_UK Contemporary classical composers producing pieces for mobile phone alerts: http://ow.ly/whxko

Corinne Morris@corinnemorris The Raphael Sommer Foundation (he was my cello teacher) awards scholarships for undergrad. students. Find out more: http://www.raphaelsommer.com

The Royal Opera@TheRoyalOpera What do you think is #ROHfigaro’s musical highlight? So many moments to choose from, but if we had to choose… http://www.roh.org.uk/news/le-nozze-di-figaro-musical-highlight-the-sextet-riconosci-in-questo-amplesso

 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on May 1, 2014 )